Unravelling Filipino terrorism

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  • Published 20040302
  • ISBN: 9780733313868
  • Extent: 268 pp
  • Paperback (234 x 153mm)

MANILA WAS IN pitch darkness and gangs of soldiers roamed the streets arresting anyone who was foolish enough to be out without a good excuse. A gun was thrust into the airport taxi I was travelling in but was quickly withdrawn when my driver explained I was a foreigner with an introduction to meet a high-ranking Filipino police officer. It was 1973 and the new Australian attorney-general, Lionel Murphy, had asked me to report on how police dealt with organised crime in South-East Asia. The Philippines was my first destination. I arrived a few days after President Marcos declared martial law.

The next day I met the police general with whom I was scheduled to have discussions. He greeted me warmly and offered me a cigar and a whisky even though it was only 10 in the morning. The general was a squat, tough-looking man with a metre of medals pinned to his chest and had no hesitation in answering my question about the rationale for martial law.

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Paul Wilson

Paul Wilson is currently the Chair of Criminology at Bond University. Previous academic positions include Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences,...

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